March Meeting – 3/17/19

Kristine (President)
Nancy (Treasurer)
Kathryn (stand in Secretary)


The minutes from the February meeting were not available, but Kristine looked at them online and highlighted the topics we covered: Matthew Wood, Officer Nominations Work Day, Fundraising/Weekly Planner, Herb Day 2020

There were no nominations of officers made online as was the plan. The result is that the current officers will remain in their positions for another year.
There is $1498 in the account. This money was earned through the hard work of members. They made product and attended numerous events at which our guild was promoted and product was sold. The funds are intended to pay for guest speakers in the future.
Kristine has had a challenging time communicating with Matthew Wood. He did present her with a number of days throughout the year that he will be available. She is still seeking pricing info and type of event specifics. More to come on this stay tuned to future minutes….
A suggestion was made that we add a part to our webpage that would list area teachers. This will help promote both herbalism and local teachers. A paper was passed around to gather teaching topics taught by the members who were present. If you teach on herbal topics even if the use of the herbs is non-medicinal (ex: weaving, plant dying) please send your information to and I will continue to compile the list and have it ready at a future meeting (ideally April).
We are still discussing the creation of a logo. A few of our members have presented some ideas and the process is ongoing. I imagine some new examples will be presented in the near future. If you have something you’d like to submit for consideration, please get it to an officer or attend the next meeting and share.
One current idea plays on the arch and the confluence. There would be a willow in the shape of an arch and the roots would create the image of the river confluence. Other herbs may be a part of this also and it has been suggested we stick with Native or weedy plants and avoid endangered.

C did some leg work and had examples of t-shirts that were full color and covered with designs along with current pricing for the shirts. At this time, the high number would make them cost prohibitive for resale, but they may be something members order for personal use (no specific design has been chosen).
More discussion took place about the size and characteristics of logo design and shirt design in relation to cost and style. Bags, pins, stickers, and bookmarks were also discussed. If you have details on a company that officer or at a future meeting.

Weekly Planner
There are still two herbs that need to be claimed by someone; January – Sage and December – Pine. Rough drafts for the perpetual calendar will be due at the next meeting in April.
Venue Possibilities
C presented Little Creek which is part of the Fergeson School District. It offers 97 acres of outdoor education facility with buildings and includes trails and ponds. It may cost as little as $75 ($25 for site+$25 to for staff to open+$25 for staff to close) but there are some pricing aspects that were not clear also we would still need catering. Eric Hadley is the contact there.
Todd Hall Retreat Center Has a variety of conference rooms to choose from and meals are provided. The price begins at $225 per day (before adding in meals)
Crystal suggested Camp Torqua near Edwardsville. It is a Girl scout camp has many lecture spaces and woodlands. We still need pricing info.
Audobon across the bridge from Alton which is $60 per hour to rent. This exceeds the envisioned budget
Shaw Arboretum although this location is not as local or centralized as desired.
Powder Valley – about 20 minutes from St. Louis in the Kirkwood area
The Colllege School – In Pacific, MO is very eco minded. Crystal will be teaching there and will gather more info about possible use by the guild.
Nancy and C will visit some of the other venues and do recon. If you have a thought on an event space that would hold 100 people, be in the St. Louis area either side of the river and provide places for plant walks as well as classes, please get pricing and other pertinent information and share with the guild.

It has been decided that Herb Day 2020 is about promoting herbalists in our local area so we the guild members will be teaching either solo or members can work together if safety in numbers makes them more comfortable. A long discussion occurred regarding Herbalists of Color (HOC) and including them in our event. This is a very sensitive issue and many are only beginning to learn of the various ways in which the topic of herbs and POC as well as native cultures have been impacted. I cannot do the topic justice in a short blurb. It includes appropriation, “token” POC invitations, agency and so much more. The agreement is that all herbalists are welcome to join are guild, no one is required to be an AHG member. Guild members will teach at this herb day and we will be inviting an HOC, Dr Rosa Kincaid, to be our keynote speaker. She is from the St. Louis area, and naturopath, and has written a book.
Alex asked about doing booths at Farmers Markets. It was reviewed that event booths have been done in the past, but it was usually the same people always making the product and attending the events. These things can be hard because we are all busy. If a member wants to do an event, That member needs to “own” the responsibility of making/gathering needed product and covering the space for the event.
The April meeting will be April 14th in Pontoon Beach. Look to our Meetup page for address info.
The May meeting will be in Kampsville at the McCully Heritage Project. We are doing a work day to help in the removal of invasive species. There will also be a presentation on the farming of mushrooms. In particular there will be information shared on growing and using Reishi mushrooms. If you have any info to share about this topic, you are welcome to do so. Michelle the director at MHP has created a shiitake farm and last year added some Reishi in conjunction with Kathryn Chapman. The plan was to do a workshop that didn’t happen for health reasons. There are inoculated logs available for purchase as part of this presentation. Price will be posted online when details are confirmed.
The October retreat at McCully Heritage Project has also been confirmed for the 19-20th. There is room in the cabin/house for up to 6 adults if they are willing to share beds otherwise, there is ample ground for tent camping.

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